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WorldPride 2014 (June 20-29, 2014)

Pride Week in Toronto is one of Canada's premier arts and cultural festivals and one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world. This year, Toronto is playing host to WorldPride 2014, the first time this international celebration has ever been held in North America. Several Canadian chidren's authors have written books for kids and young adults featuring LGBTQ characters. Click here for a list of LGBTQ books for kids and teens.

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2014 FIFA World Cup™

Soccer is one of the world's most popular sports. This year the FIFA World Cup™ is being hosted by Brazil and runs from June 12 to July 13. This highly anticipated international tournament only occurs every four years. Celebrate World Cup soccer in your classroom or library with Canadian books for kids and teens.

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Amy's Marathon of Books - Summer Reading


Dear Canadian Teen Book Lovers,

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) has invited me to write a guest post for their website and I was happy to oblige them.

My name is Amy Mathers and this year I am reading my way across Canada in a Marathon of Books. I started on January 1st, 2014, and today I am up to my 157th book. I’m currently reading from Toronto, Canada’s biggest city, but I’ve already made it through the Maritimes, Quebec, and the eastern part of Ontario through reading a book a day.

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June 2014: National Aboriginal History Month

June is National Aboriginal History Month. Celebrate this month in your school or library with Canadian books for kids and teens. Click here for a list of Aboriginal-themed books.

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D-Day: 70th Anniversary

On Juno Beach (cover image)

June 6, 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day. On this day in 1944, thousands of Canadian soldiers landed on Juno Beach, launching the great campaign that would force the Nazis out of France and free the rest of Europe from the terror of Adolf Hitler. Hugh Brewster's On Juno Beach: Canada's D-Day Heroes (Scholastic Canada/Madison Press) contains unpublished accounts of D-Day eyewitnesses and participants, and through their eyes we are able to see what it was like to live through the assault on Hitler's Atlantic Wall and the massive invasion that followed.

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June 4: Tiananmen Square massacre

Forbidden City (cover image)

June 4, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. In 1989, the Chinese government deployed 200,000 troops to the square to suppress the peaceful pro-democracy protesters. Explore this story in William Bell's Forbidden City, a novel based on the events of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

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April 9: Vimy Ridge Day

At Vimy Ridge (cover image)

In 2003, the Government of Canada declared April 9 Vimy Ridge Day to honour and remember the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which took place from April 9-12, 1917.

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April 2014: National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. Celebrate this month in your school or library with Canadian poetry books for kids and teens. Click here for a complete list.

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Canada Water Week (March 17-23, 2014)

Canada Water Week is a celebration of water from coast-to-coast-to-coast, held annually in the third week of March to coincide with World Water Day on March 22. Celebrate this week in your classroom or libary with Canadian kids' books.

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Happy 180th Birthday, Toronto!

Toronto Story (cover image)

March 6, 2014 marks the 180th birthday of Toronto, Canada's largest city. Celebrate in your classroom or library with Claire Mackay's The Toronto Story, published by Annick Press.